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Affording strategic proximity to the Strait of Gibraltar, Morocco was also
of interest to the French throughout the first half of the twentieth century
because they assumed that if they did not hold it, their grip on Algeria was always insecure.

(A) if they did not hold it, their grip on Algeria was always insecure
(B) without it their grip on Algeria would never be secure
(C) their grip on Algeria was not ever secure if they did not hold it
(D) without that, they could never be secure about their grip on Algeria
(E) never would their grip on Algeria be secure if they did not hold it

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22 Nov 2005, 11:25
This is a past subjunctive senario.

if + simple past +...... would.

only E follows the structure.

so E is my pick.
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22 Nov 2005, 11:42
B)...uses the subjunctive mood as well. "assume" is more like a suggestion and a clause, beginning with "if", expresses something that is contary to fact. in this case it is not contrary to fact. so B) is better...IMO
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22 Nov 2005, 11:50
christoph wrote:
B)...uses the subjunctive mood as well. "assume" is more like a suggestion and a clause, beginning with "if", expresses something that is contary to fact. in this case it is not contrary to fact. so B) is better...IMO

yup if whould be silent. B is better. I change my answer choice to B.
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22 Nov 2005, 13:12
christoph wrote:
B)...uses the subjunctive mood as well. "assume" is more like a suggestion and a clause, beginning with "if", expresses something that is contary to fact. in this case it is not contrary to fact. so B) is better...IMO

I'm sorry, could you elaborate on the answer? I still don't understand why B is better than E. Thanks.
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22 Nov 2005, 13:48
I wold agree with B

Answer choice E has a weird sentence structure.
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22 Nov 2005, 15:57
I think B is correct.

"it" clearly refers to Morocco and the modifier is correctly used.
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22 Nov 2005, 18:50

E sounds awkward & redundant.

What's the OA?
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22 Nov 2005, 18:53
I'm in support of B. The "it" in E refers to Algeria when it should refer to Morocco.
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22 Nov 2005, 19:00
(A) --> lenghty compared to (B)
(B) without it their grip on Algeria would never be secure
(C) --> lots of pronoun ambiguity
(D) --> 'that' has no clear reference
(E) --> awkward

I go with B for this one.
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23 Nov 2005, 01:37
it has a clear referent, the Straight of Gibraltar. Besides, the sentence is concise and clear.

Unquestionably (B)
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23 Nov 2005, 02:22
I vote for B
A - Tooo long.Redundent.
B - Correct.
C - Changes the meaning.
D - Confusing.
E - Changes the meaning.

Hence B.
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23 Nov 2005, 03:07
The OA is 'B'.
23 Nov 2005, 03:07
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